‘Jeopardy!’ Legend Ken Jennings Hilariously Says He ‘Slowed Down’ for This Pranked Traffic Sign

by Chris Haney

On Friday night, Jeopardy! champion Ken Jennings shared a post of a hilariously altered traffic sign with his almost half a million Twitter followers.

Forever in a joking mood, Jennings seems to have spotted an amusingly edited traffic sign. Of course, the winningest contestant in Jeopardy! history took full advantage of the prank sign and added his own trademark humor to his post.

As Jennings drove along a road that workers are resurfacing, he noticed an orange “GROOVED PAVEMENT” traffic sign. When old road surfaces are milled away in preparation for new paving, workers warn drivers with the signs. The roads temporarily have grooves that vary in depth and spacing. Drivers are cautioned to stay alert on uneven surfaces, especially motorcyclists.

However, someone in the area decided to have some fun with the sign. They altered three letters, and covered up a fourth, to create a new sign: “Groovy Women.”

Ken Jennings jokingly chimed in saying that he slowed down, making sure to be on the lookout for the “groovy women.”

“I mean, I slowed down,” Jennings wrote on Twitter. No word yet on whether or not Jennings’ wife had anything to say about his delay on the road.

A couple weeks ago, Ken Jennings shared some disappointing news with his fans and followers on social media. The man with a 74-game win streak on Jeopardy! was on the hunt for a new license plate. However, the ordinary, run-of-the-mill plates with randomly selected letters and numbers just won’t suffice.

No, in fact, Jennings had his mind made up on a personalized tag. Unfortunately for the recent Jeopardy! guest host, it looks like someone else had already beat him to his customized license plate concept.

The recent interim host shared a screenshot of his personalized plate search. “Sorry, WALUIGI is not available,” the message reads. Additionally, the website gives two reasons as to why “WALUIGI” might not be available for use.

Either someone else already customized their license plate with that name. Or the word is “offensive” or “inappropriate.” Considering “WALUIGI” is a fictional cartoon character from the Super Mario video game series, it’s highly unlikely it’s not available for being offensive. It’s probably safe to assume someone else is also a big fan of the video game character. And that someone else is driving around with Jennings’s preferred license plate name.

“Terrible news,” Ken Jennings simply stated when realizing his license plate name was a no-go.